: Australia interested in Ukrainian Antonov planes: Ambassador

17:28 Aug. 6, 2016

Australia interested in Ukrainian Antonov planes: Ambassador

Ukrainian aircraft AN-22 Antei. (UNIAN Photo)

Ukraine's Mriya the world's largest cargo aircraft recently travelled to Perth

Local government and commercial organisations in Australia have shown interest in cooperation with Ukraine's Antonov state-owned aircraft manufacturer. That's according to Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Mykola Kulinych.

"We have started taking first steps to implementing cooperation possibility with our Australian partners," the Ambassador said in an interview with Ukrinform. "As for the cooperation, it can be various: transportation services, internal and international, charter flights, and purchasing aircrafts."

Read also Ukrainian Aircraft Corporation set up on the basis of Antonov

Kulinych says, Australia's interest in Ukrainian aircrafts appeared after the world's largest cargo aircraft, Antonov AN-225, or Mriya, arrived in Australia's Perth.

AN-225 was built in the 1980s to carry the Russian Buran space shuttle above the fuselage.

When empty, it weighs just 175 tonnes, but fully loaded and crewed, the airplane can hold up to 600 tonnes.

In June, Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov secured another contract. The company will sell its 10 military transport planes AN-178 to Azerbaijan

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